Concord Concerto Competition
05 Nov 2021

Concord College’s Music Department has launched the Concord College Concerto Competition 2022 and is inviting entries from talented young instrumentalists across Shropshire.

The competition will culminate in an evening concert next March which will be a showcase and celebration of the capabilities of exceptional young instrumentalists. The competition is open to musicians aged 18 or under on the date of the final who play at Grade 7 Distinction level or higher and offers the opportunity for finalists to perform a movement from a concerto with a professional orchestra and the winner to be crowned “Concord College Concerto Competition Winner of the Year 2022”.

The audition round closes on Friday 26th November and entrants must submit a recording of themselves playing a movement (or part of a movement) from a concerto of their own choice. An independent adjudicator will then decide which entrants to invite to the final round. Those who are selected will be invited to compete in the final on March 12th 2022 at Concord College.

Finalists will play their chosen movement from a concerto alongside a professional orchestra and in front of a live audience in Concord College’s Morris Theatre. The event will be open to the public with tickets sold raising funds for the Anthony Morris Foundation. Performances will be judged by an independent guest adjudicator. The concert will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Previous winner, Davon, an exceptional pianist who is now an organ scholar at Cambridge, said after his winning performance: “I’ve never previously experienced anything like that final reception ...  It is a feeling I will never forget.” The competition aims to provide exceptional opportunities for more advanced musicians. The College is keen to support talented young people in a variety of ways and this year Head of Music, Mr Kokkinos decided that the competition, previously for Concord students only, should be open to students of other local schools.  

Of the decision to open the competition up to students across Shropshire.  Mr Kokkinos said “Our key values at Concord are rigour, kindness and creativity. By inviting students from around the county to enter the Concord College Concerto Competition we hope to share our resources, and the wonderful opportunity to play with a professional orchestra, with gifted young musicians from around the county and to continue to build strong links with our local community”.

For an entry form and further information, please e-mail Head of Music at Concord College, Mr Kokkinos